A Microphone is an electronic device that converts sound vibrations from the air further into electrical signals. It also relays those signals to a recording medium. In simple terms, Microphones are audio recording devices. However, the microphone or mic does need regular maintenance if you want them to use for a long time.
Following are some guidelines to take care of your mics and to record your audio. Microphones are subjected to get in contact with a lot of things, especially while recording live music. Grilles and foam windscreens become saturated with saliva, clogged with lipstick.
They also absorb the smell of cigarette smoke prevalent in most clubs. One of the most common ways microphone gets affected when a microphone clipped on a microphone stand with its face towards the stage.
It is best to set up the microphone at last while preparing a stage for a performance. Band or crew members wander here and there on the stage while pulling cables and moving the monitors. There is a higher chance that someone can knock over a microphone stand.
This post will explain you about how to clean three different types of microphones, named as,
- Condenser microphones
- Digital microphones
- Ribbon microphones
Cleaning Condenser Microphones:
It is a sonic backbone of many studios. There are some critical points to look for condenser microphones if you want to record audio with maximum quality. One need to take proper care of the condenser microphones since they are very delicate, avoid using liquid or water for cleaning purposes. Make sure the moisture is not there on the condenser element that further damage the same.
Condenser microphones have more electronics circuitry inside the unit. So they are a little more fragile. These are common on stage, but it is important to handle them much more gently and protect them from trauma.
Cleaning Dynamic Microphones:
The best way to clean a dynamic microphone is to remove the grille. After removing the grille clean it thoroughly without damaging the mic. Grille contains many offensive materials.
If you drop a microphone from a certain height, then the metal contacts might corrode. Also, take utmost care to prevent the mic from corrosion by avoiding to use it openly in excess moisture or lousy weather.
Cleaning Ribbon Microphones:
Among all the three ribbon microphones are most fragile than both the two above and consequently are used more often in the studio. Always use padded case for storing the microphones those are using on stages.
Also, to make sure about the shock resistance during storage use the foam windscreen on the grill. The primary purpose of designing Microphones is to record the audio. One of the primary considerations, aside from the type of device, is what you are recording.
Direction! Where the microphones are installing is very important to consider before using the same to record audio. Omnidirectional microphones are suited to record all sounds in an area. However, can’t work well to focus and record a single subject amongst background noise.
Here are few quick tips for you to maintain the microphones,
- Let the vocal mics to dry for some time after use.
- Always store them in the case if you are not using it.
- Leave the crew to deal with the cabling.
Keep the microphones safer from physical damage and cleaned for long-term usage.